Hannity: CNN host Reza Aslan should not have been fired – The Hill
“Reza calling the @POTUS a POS is bad form. Calling me the same fair game. I do not think you should be fired. You apologized,” Hannity wrote to his 2.44 million followers, adding, “#FreeSpeech.”
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 9, 2017
CNN parted ways with Aslan one week after the host called Trump “a piece of s—” and “an embarrassment to mankind” on Twitter.
“CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan,’ ” the network said in a statement. “We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”
The Iranian-born Aslan had been the host of CNN’s “Believer,” which aired weekly on Sunday nights. The 45-year-old author and religious scholar also called the president a “man baby” in a subsequent tweet.
That tweet was in response to a decision by NBC News not to report on Trump sharing a Drudge Report tweet reporting London terror attacks because it contained “unconfirmed information” at the time. The network instead referred to the situation as a “security incident.”
Aslan apologized days later for the since-deleted tweet.
“I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. I apologize for my choice of words,” he said.
Hannity, a vocal supporter of Trump, also previously defended “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert in May amid a debate about free speech.
I will NOT support #FireColbert. I am vs ALL BOYCOTTS. He is a horrible human being, but if u don’t like him change the channel.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 3, 2017